Although school buses are the safest means of ground transportation, safety should still be a priority for the children walking to and from the school bus stops, and for the motorists who must share the road with buses. There are things that children, parents and drivers can do to make this a safe school year for Delaware students.Parents
- If your children’s bus stop is not near your home, walk the route to that stop with them until they are familiar with it.
- Make sure your child knows what time the bus is scheduled to arrive and make sure he or she gets to the stop early, so the child can avoid rushing. Children in a rush are less likely to follow safety practices.
- Wait for the bus in a safe place. Avoid horseplay that could cause you to fall into the street.
- Never run to or from the bus.
- Do not push or shove when getting on or off the bus.
- Learn about the “danger zone.” That’s a 10-foot wide area on all sides of the bus, where the driver cannot see you. When you get off the bus, step outside of the danger zone until you can see the driver’s face.
- Only cross in front of the bus where the driver can see you.
- Never run behind the bus, or bend down to pick up an object. The bus driver may think you’ve crossed safely and start to move.
- Do not distract the bus driver so that he/she may get you safely to and from school.
- Drivers traveling in either direction on a two-lane road must stop when a school bus activates its flashing lights and stop sign.
- Drivers traveling in the same direction as a school bus on a four-lane road must stop for a stopped school bus. Drivers travelling in the opposite direction are not required to stop.
- Delaware law requires vehicles to stop even when the bus is stopped to load/unload students on private property.
- Anyone convicted of passing a stopped school bus can be fined as much as $230 for the first offense, and as much as $575 for the second offense. The individual will also have their license suspended for between 1 and 12 months.
If everyone does his or her part, together we can make the First State, 1st in School Bus Safety.